The Uganda Law society, an umbrella body for all legal practitioners in the country has petitioned High Court seeking permission to hold a scientific Annual General Meeting for 2019 in respect to Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19.
In the application, Simon Peter Kinobe the Association President says that Uganda Law society constitution requires them to constitute an Executive Council annually in presence of all members but the current situation doesn’t allow gatherings yet its the time to have the meeting.
“The Uganda Law Society Act mandates the Executive Council to account to membership annually which can only be done at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the current restrictions imposed by Government and Ministry of Health have made conducting and convening of the AGM impossible.”
Kinobe pointed out that ULS Act cap 276 and regulations there in, don’t provide for a scientific or hybrid general meeting and elections but can only be held with the leave of court.
He thus asked court to grant them permission to hold scientific Executive Council meetings and elections in compliance with standard operating procedures and Ministry of Health guidelines.
“The law society, in a bid to hold a scientific Annual General Meeting, wrote to the Prime Minister and Attorney General respectively on June 24, 2020 but have since never received any response to that effect,” reads the application.
The year for the Uganda Law society ended on 31st December 2019 and the Executive Council has to present accountability to all members in the Annual General Meeting.
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country during the month of March this year, the government issued a number of guidelines and directives among which was suspension of all public gatherings.